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Let's Play Golf

Betsey Mitchell, March, 2014 The Pilot

Entries are now open for the 37th Moore County Women’s Amateur. Just like last year and all the years before, this event is open to amateur women golfers from ages 16 to “we won’t ask”. There is no county residency requirement. Building off last’s year’s success, the host will be Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club in Southern Pines, NC on July 14-15, 2014.


Mid Pines received the 2013 Golf Magazine Best Renovation award and anyone who has seen the exciting changes done by Kyle Franz will agree that this famed Donald Ross course has had a wonderful restoration.

There are still too many women out there who shy away from championships.  You can’t convince me that there is any difference between playing in your regular league game and something like the Moore County Women’s Amateur.


This is how tournaments work. You drive to the course and start at the bag drop. You put on your golf shoes, maybe go to the range and hit a few putts to warm up. Does any of this sound familiar?


When you get to the first tee, you introduce yourself to the three nice ladies who are probably just as nervous as you. Just like any other social situation when you are feeling awkward and embarrassed; fake it. Extend your hand, smile, and introduce yourself. Maybe you should throw in a little, “I can’t believe how nervous I am!”

Off you go. You hit some good ones. You hit some bad ones. You wish you had made that four-foot putt. You can’t believe that 20-footer went in. It’s not any different than any other day of the course.



Remember that entry fee that you thought was too much. How is this for value; a couple of rounds of golf on a really nice course, range balls, lunch at one of the best club houses in the county and prizes.  You are guaranteed to meet women just like you.


You can expect a goodie bag full of interesting items. The event volunteers are going to greet you with a smile and will be ready to answer any of your questions. It’s practically a party atmosphere.


The Moore County Women’s Amateur is flighted based on your index at the time you enter. You will be playing with women that have a game just like yours. That top flight has nothing to do with you – unless you are toting around a handicap less than 10. Those ladies are on the other end of the golf course. They play a game most of us will never achieve, but they are sure fun to watch.


Attention all of those 18-30 handicappers who are convinced they don’t belong in a tournament. Not only do you belong; you are welcome.


Adding to the fun and if you prefer,  you can submit your application indicating who you would like in your first round pairing. The committee will send you out with your buddies on the first day, regardless of your handicap. This gives you one day to settle in and feel comfortable.


Round two you will be paired by how you finished within your handicap flight. No matter how good or bad that first day goes; you will still be paired within your flight.


Once again, the tournament has a connection to the Friend to Friend. A portion of the entry fee goes toward supporting this important organization that helps victims of domestic violence. There will also be a raffle for exciting prizes.


Golf at an excellent venue, time with friends, and helping out for a good cause; it sounds like a good idea to me.

Get all the information on the new website or call Bette Rycroft at 910-315-6061.

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